Tuesday, February 28, 2012
deconversionmovement:

ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2012) — Why are the faces of primates so dramatically different from one another?
UCLA biologists working as “evolutionary detectives” studied the  faces of 129 adult male primates from Central and South America, and  they offer some answers in research published Jan. 11, in the early  online edition of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The faces they studied evolved over at least 24 million years, they report.
“If you look at New World primates, you’re immediately struck by the  rich diversity of faces,” said Michael Alfaro, a UCLA associate  professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and the senior author of  the study. “You see bright red faces, moustaches, hair tufts and much  more. There are unanswered questions about how faces evolve and what  factors explain the evolution of facial features. We’re very visually  oriented, and we get a lot of information from the face.”
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deconversionmovement:

ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2012) — Why are the faces of primates so dramatically different from one another?

UCLA biologists working as “evolutionary detectives” studied the faces of 129 adult male primates from Central and South America, and they offer some answers in research published Jan. 11, in the early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The faces they studied evolved over at least 24 million years, they report.

“If you look at New World primates, you’re immediately struck by the rich diversity of faces,” said Michael Alfaro, a UCLA associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and the senior author of the study. “You see bright red faces, moustaches, hair tufts and much more. There are unanswered questions about how faces evolve and what factors explain the evolution of facial features. We’re very visually oriented, and we get a lot of information from the face.”

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    I do wish they’d used a term other than “facial complexity” because it just seems… both misleading and vague (they used...
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